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Matinee is a 1993 period comedy film directed by Joe Dante. It is an ensemble piece about the home front in the Cuban Missile Crisis combined with a tribute to independent filmmaker William Castle. The film stars John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin, Jesse Lee, Lucinda Jenney, John Sayles, Dick Miller, David Clennon, Lucy Butler, Robert Picardo, and James Villemaire. The film was written by Jerico and Charlie Haas, the latter portraying Mr. Elroy, a schoolteacher. This is a list of film-related events in 1993. ... In the performing arts, a period piece is a work set in a particular era. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... Home front is the informal term commonly used to describe the civilian populace of the nation at war as an active support system of its military. ... U.S.A.F. spy photo of one of the suspected launch sites The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States regarding the Soviet deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba. ... An Independent film (or indie film) is a film initially produced without financing or distribution from a major movie studio. ... William Castle (April 24, 1914–May 31, 1977) born William Schloss, was an American film director, producer, and actor. ... John Goodman on NBCs The West Wing John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri) is an American actor. ... Cathy Moriarty (born November 29, 1960, in New York City) is an American actress. ... Omri Katz is an American actor, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1976. ... Lisa Jakub (born December 27, 1978 in Toronto) is a Canadian actress. ... Kellie Martin Kellie Noelle Martin (born October 16, 1975) is an American actress. ... Lucinda Jenney (born on 23 April 1954 in Long Island, New York, USA) is an American actress. ... Photo of John Sayles by Robert Birnbaum John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950 in Schenectady, New York) is a fiercely independent American film director and writer who frequently takes a small part in his own and other indie films. ... Dick Miller with Al Rodrigo. ... David Clennon (born May 10, 1943, Waukegan, Illinois) is an American actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething. ... Robert Picardo as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager Robert Picardo (born October 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Charles S. Haas, also known as Charles Haas or Charlie Haas, is an American screenwriter and actor. ...


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Gene Loomis (Fenton) and his brother Dennis (Lee) live on a military base in Key West, Florida; their father away on one of the nearby submarines. After arrving home from the announcement of an exclusive engagement of Lawrence Woolsey's (Goodman) Mant, including Woolsey's appearance in-person, they arrive home to John F. Kennedy's television interruption, stating the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Woolsey finds this atmosphere of fear to be the perfect environment in which to open his film, in Atomo-Vision and Rumble-Rama. Aerial photo of Key West, looking north. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ... Soviet redirects here. ...


Woolsey brings along Herb Denning (Miller) and Bob (Sayles) to stir up the yokels, but Howard, the theatre manager (Picardo), assures him that "the people of Key West are not yokels". Indeed, the progressive Jack and Rhonda (Clennon and Butler) find a strong free speech argument in allowing the film to proceed.


New to the local high school, and not getting along with the similarly-aged Andy (Nick Bronson) on the base, Gene ends up associating with misfit Stan (Katz), and becomes infatuated with Jack and Rhonda's daughter, Sanda (Jakub), after she takes a detention for protesting the uselessness of an air raid drill and yelling the truth of the faux protection at the students in the hall. In attempting to get a date to the dance, Stan goes for Sherry (Martin), who was seeing a prison poet, Harvey Starkweather (Villemaire), who regularly bothers Stan about his interest in her (and hers in him). Strategic bombing is a military strategem used in a total war style campaign that attempts to destroy the economic ability of a nation-state to wage war. ... A poet is some one who writes poetry. ...


The film is structured in halves: the first half leading up to the screening, and the second half depicting the screening and what goes on at and around it.

Kellie Martin as Sherry, a girly girl.
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Kellie Martin as Sherry, a girly girl.
Lisa Jakub, as the forward-thinking Sandra.
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Lisa Jakub, as the forward-thinking Sandra.
Naomi Watts and Archie Hahn in "The Shook-Up Shopping Cart" a parody of 1960s Disney Cinemascope comedies.
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Naomi Watts and Archie Hahn in "The Shook-Up Shopping Cart" a parody of 1960s Disney Cinemascope comedies.

Kellie Martin Kellie Noelle Martin (born October 16, 1975) is an American actress. ... Girly girl is a slang term for a girl or woman who chooses to dress and behave in a traditionally feminine style, such as wearing pink or floral dresses, blouses and skirts, wearing make-up, talking about relationships and other activities which are associated with the traditional gender role of... Lisa Jakub (born December 27, 1978 in Toronto) is a Canadian actress. ... Image File history File links Vlcsnap-218266. ... Image File history File links Vlcsnap-218266. ... Naomi Watts with filmmaker David Lynch at the Cannes Film Festival (2001). ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Cinemascope, or more strictly CinemaScope, was a widescreen movie format used from 1953 to 1967. ...

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